Making Somebodies, out of “Nobodies”

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Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? ” [1 Corinthians 1:27, MSG].

One of the beauties of what the Lord Jesus did for us, was to level the playing field of who could become a Christian. Now, it didn’t matter what your background or status was; the rich, the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, the oppressors, the leaders and their servants, men and women, boys and girls, parents and children, could all be saved. Regardless of the societal socioeconomic or racial strata, in Christ, “we are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same—we are Christians; we are one in Christ Jesus.” [Galatians 3:8, TLB].

The simplicity of salvation and what it does in societies baffles the minds of those who strongly believe there ought to be class distinctions, even in the church. But this is far from who God is, for God is no respecter of persons. In fact, Apostle James admonishes us not to look at men through the lenses society does; “Dear brothers, how can you claim that you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, if you show favoritism to rich people and look down on poor people?” [James 2:1, TLB]. In the Bible, we see severally how God chose men and women whom society discounted or wrote off to do great and mighty things.

King David, whom God proudly proclaimed to be a man after his own heart, was once a shepherd boy. He was the youngest of all his siblings and the supposed errand boy of the family. To the outside world, when men of valor were spoken about, he was not one to be included in the list. And when the time came for God to choose another king for his people, Samuel the prophet chose as men would, instead of how God would. The Bible shows us that “Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Here he is! God’s anointed!” [1 Samuel 16:6, MSG]. Soon after Samuel thought this, the Lord rebuked him saying, “But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart” [1 Samuel 16:7, MSG]. How often have we judged in the same manner, only to find out later that our choice was not really God’s choice? God looks beyond the facades and pretenses we tend to put up on the outside, looks deep into the core of who we are and judges us accordingly. After rejecting all of David’s brothers, Samuel then perceived that there had to be a brother whom God had chosen, who was not present. When David was sent for and he arrived, God did not give Samuel a say in the issue, but the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he” [1 Samuel 16:12, KJV]. 

Many years later, when the Lord sought to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites, he chose a timid man called Gideon. Gideon can be likened to a Christian today who sees the wickedness and evil around him and wonders, why God won’t do something about it. Gideon asked the angel who had God sent, “Please don’t take this wrong, but if the Lord is helping us, then why have all of these awful things happened? We’ve heard how the Lord performed miracles and rescued our ancestors from Egypt. But those things happened long ago. Now the Lord has abandoned us to the Midianites” [Judges 6:13, CEV]. This is the same man that the angel had called “mighty man of valor”. Yet, we can clearly see that his response was one of disappointment and unbelief, even in God. God still chose to use Gideon knowing that his faith in Him was wavering. Gideon went as far as to test God, for God to prove himself to him before he would do the assignment God wanted him to. Still, God used him and used him mightily to defeat the Midianites, with 300 men. This was the least man, from the least clan from the least tribe in Israel, but with him, God saved the whole nation of Israel. Are you still discounting yourself, thinking you are a nobody that God cannot use?

Then we come to the Apostle Paul, once known as Saul. The great persecutor of the early church who imprisoned and persecuted many of the early Christians, in the name of the Lord. However, when he had his dramatic encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus, everything changed for him. The persecutor became the persecuted as he went around planting churches and furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all over Asia and Europe. Many questioned why God would use such a terrible man for His Glory. Remember that God does not need the permission of anyone to use whom He wants to. He used a donkey once, what was to stop Him from using Paul?

Apostle Paul so transformed the early church that till today, the Pauline doctrines have shaped modern Christianity and helped us understand who we are as new creations. It was from the position of understanding that God can use anybody that he wrote to the church of Corinth, “Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God.” [1 Corinthians 1:26-27, MSG].

In this dispensation of grace, it doesn’t matter what family you were born into, how you grew up, who did what or said what. What matters is what God has said concerning you. God is looking for the seemingly “nobodies” of this world, to show the somebodies that He is God all by Himself. In speaking to the church about the sin of partiality, Apostle James admonishes, “dear brothers: God has chosen poor people to be rich in faith, and the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs, for that is the gift God has promised to all those who love him” [James 2:5, TLB].

Therefore, resolve not to look at anyone as man does, because the same person you may discount, may the same nobody, God is about to make a somebody to bring Glory to His name. 

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